Anoka Awakening Historical Timeline

Anoka Awakening Timeline

Through November 10, 2019


2014 & Prior

  • Fire Pit Worship in Ramsey
    • Steve instructed to move it to Anoka
  • Steve O. incursions into Anoka
    • Began going to Avante Garden
  • Me with people at Truffles, Perkins, etc.
    • Evolved into Pizza Man Church


  • Thursday afternoon worship/prayer meetings for 6 weeks at Cornerstone Church of Ramsey in the Milk Building
    • Atmosphere preparation for the upcoming worship in the park
  • 09/23: First perimeter walk of Anoka
    • Nehemiah: inspecting the walls and the gates (15.77 miles + 2)
  • Saturday worship in the park
    • Duck Park (Akin Riverside Park)
  • Obtained prayer room on the 3rd floor of the Old Post Office
    • City Altar: the Upper Room
  • Began weekly time of prayer and worship
    • Fire-Pit Worship move to Anoka
  • 10/13: Began prayer walking Anoka city streets (Joshua 1:3)
    • Systematically prayed every street, cul-de-sac and dead end (129.44 miles, see map)


  • The Altar: weekly worship and prayer
    • Establishing unity and worship
    • Near daily prayer over the city from the Upper Room
  • Street Ministry, Avante Garden, Etc.
  • Weekly Pizza Man Church
  • 02/11: Finished systematic Anoka streets prayer walking
    • 19 walks over 122 days (basically once per week; avg. 6.8 miles per walk)
  • Continued prayer walking as led by God
  • Summer: Began “Need Prayer?” sessions at Duck Park
  • Chairs, music, prayed with/for people
  • November: The Gates assignment came into being
    • Nehemiah: repairing the gates
  • December: the first of 10 gates over 10 months was dealt with
    • The Lord laid it out as one gate per month


  • Continued with 2016 activities
  • Spiritual warfare came into focus
    • MinneAppleSeed connections
  • 09/21: Final gate of the 10 gates project
  • 10/07: “In HIS Heartbeat” #1, all city worship in the park
    • First annual event at the Anoka County Fairgrounds band shell


  • Continued with 2016 activities
  • July: Anoka County Fair – first year
    • Daily hosts at the church building on the fairgrounds
  • Mid to late: dynamics and involvement began to change
    • God was shifting the focus for some people
  • 10/06: “In HIS Heartbeat” #2, all city worship in the park
    • Second annual event at the Anoka County Fairgrounds band shell
  • The 2016 activities began to morph into what they are today
    • Transition time had begun
  • Attacks and struggles came along with the warfare
    • As they would in a physical war; our refinement
  • Attacks and struggles were both corporately and individually
    • Further changed the group dynamics


  • Brought in the current schedule of activities
    • The seed has sprouted
  • Early 2019: “The Living Room”, space on the east end of the Old Post Office building; second floor
    • Space for group worship and ministry
  • Budget quadruples for monthly ministry
    • Rent, Pizza Man Church and others, In HIS Heartbeat, etc.
  • 06/26: Circumcision of the heart for Anoka
    • The beginning of something God is doing (Deuteronomy 29:4)
    • Shaking and sifting: corporately and individually (Amos 9:9)
  • July: Anoka County Fair – second year
    • Daily hosts at the church building on the fairgrounds
  • August: The Living Room moved to a 2-room suite on the west side of the second floor of the Old Post Office building
    • Warfare significantly ramped up against us
      • Sifting and purification in full swing
    • 08/24: “In HIS Heartbeat” #3, all city worship in the park
      • Third annual event at the Anoka County Fairgrounds band shell
    • September/October: vision for the future begins coming into focus (John 16:13)
      • What are we to become?
      • What is our role in Anoka?
    • The last six months have been the toughest in the short history of Anoka Awakening
    • November 10: Sunday Sessions #1
      • The first of a new gathering to build unity and fellowship
      • Monthly dinner and guided conversation (for now as we begin)